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Aug 12, 2020

As CPD Officials Vow to Catch Up on Missed Consent Decree Deadlines, Aldermen Are Losing Patience

The Chicago Police Department is struggling to reform the way it trains, supervises and disciplines officers. What’s being done to address the slow pace of reforms.

Aug 12, 2020

Map: Which CPS Schools Have Voted to Keep or Remove Police Officers?

Chicago Public Schools leaders have left it up to local school councils to decide whether they want to continue or eliminate resource officer programs at their respective schools. Here’s where things stand as the voting deadline approaches.

Aug 12, 2020

Study: Electric Cooker Sanitizes N95 Masks

With limited supplies of critical protective equipment, University of Illinois researchers have found a new way to decontaminate N95 masks using a common kitchen appliance. 

Aug 12, 2020

$2M Bond for Chicago Man Accused of Intentionally Running Over Pedestrian

After striking two women with his car Monday night in downtown Chicago, Edgar Roman allegedly circled back, targeted them and ran over one of the women a second time, dragging her body down the street and killing her.

Aug 12, 2020

Prosecutors Charge 3 With Threatening Women in R. Kelly Case

Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer R. Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida.

Aug 12, 2020

Lightfoot Launches Review of Chicago Monuments After Controversy Over Columbus Statues

After protests forced Mayor Lori Lightfoot to remove the city’s statues of Christopher Columbus, the city will launch an effort to “provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history,” the mayor’s office announced Wednesday. 

Aug 12, 2020

Big Ten, Pac-12 Pull Plug on Fall Football Amid Pandemic

A crumbling college football season took a massive hit Tuesday when the Big Ten and Pac-12, two historic and powerful conferences, succumbed to the pandemic and canceled their fall football seasons.

Aug 12, 2020

Tens of Thousands Still Without Power, Possibly Until Saturday, ComEd Says

The physical destruction caused by Monday’s powerful storm, which saw a tornado touch down in Rogers Park, was as devastating as a hurricane, according to ComEd. Now some neighbors are leading the charge on helping out.

Aug 11, 2020

Looting, Unrest Give Way to Another Phase of Recovery in Chicago

Businesses and residents are bracing for the possibility of future upheaval following widespread theft and property damage on Sunday night. How police are responding — and what else is being done to address systemic issues.

Aug 11, 2020

Illinois Universities, Colleges Prepare for Fall Classes Amid COVID-19

Colleges and universities are preparing for a semester unlike any other. For many, the welcome back won’t be to campus — but to computers.

Aug 11, 2020

Art Deco Inspires Ambitious New Mural on Chicago Riverwalk

Summer is the season for public art, and it seems like every week a colorful new mural blooms. We get up close to a massive new work of public art taking flight along the Chicago Riverwalk. 

Aug 11, 2020

Lawmakers Approve Pritzker’s Rules Targeting Businesses That Flout COVID-19 Regulations

Lawmakers on Tuesday approved new rules crafted by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reduce the spread of the coronavirus despite opposition from Illinois Republicans and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Aug 11, 2020

Share of City Property Tax Revenues Claimed by TIF Funds Grew 5% in 2 Years: Report

The growing share of city property taxes sent to tax increment finance districts is sure to fuel the argument over whether the districts actually spur redevelopment and eradicate blight or exacerbate growing inequality in Chicago.

Aug 11, 2020

Chicago Youth Organize Open Mic in South Side Garden

A community garden and farmers market in Auburn Gresham is now the venue of an open mic hosted for young Chicago artists. We go for a look to learn more.

Aug 11, 2020

Despite ‘Comparatively’ Quiet Night, Lightfoot to Keep Downtown Blocked Off

Access to downtown Chicago will be restricted “for the foreseeable future,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

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